The Land Rover Defender is renowned for its legendary off-road prowess, alongside its longtime archrival the Toyota Land Cruiser. With a history going all the way back to 1948, this vehicle emerged as the Land Rover Series I, becoming the Series II in 1967 and the Series III in 1983 before the Defender nameplate took over. The vehicles have been updated throughout the years, but retained their tough, rough and tumble purpose. By the time it took the Defender nameplate, it was available in a range of body styles and three wheelbases, namely 90, 110 and 130 inches (the 130 was actually 127). This is a 1985 Land Rover Defender 110 from Missouri with 40,200 miles on the odometer. With plenty of capability and kit, it’s an ideal vehicle for a trip into the wilderness for a brief sojourn away from it all.
Throughout its production, the Series and Defender differed little in terms of styling. Place a 1948 Series 1 and a 1998 Defender side-by-side and it’s not hard to see the lineage. Whilst head and tail lamps have been changed and some modern touches added, the basic shape remains. This 1985 Land Rover Defender 110 proudly shows off its family resemblance with its black paintjob with some modern touches such as the silver front grille and hood, and halo LED headlamps. It rolls on a set of five-spoke silver alloy wheels and features full tinted back glass on the rear section. An LED light bar and roof rack complete the off-road friendly accessory set. Entering the vehicle, you are greeted with some modern touches on the black interior as well, including heated and powered front seats, heated rear seats, rear entertainment, alcantara headliner, custom wood floor and a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera.
This 1985 Land Rover Defender is powered by a modern engine, the 2.4L (146ci) Ford Duratorq turbodiesel that puts out 122hp and 265lb.ft to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and transfer case with high and low ranges. Differentials can be locked as well, if required when traversing rough terrain. It’s reported to have a galvanized frame for added peace of mind.